• Protection and Safety

    Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people live in fear for their physical safety. In countries that criminalize LGBTI sexuality, identity, or gender expression, governments may incarcerate LGBTI people in dangerous prisons. Several governments punish LGBTI people with torture and execution. LGBTI people are also vulnerable to abuse outside of government punishment. Many are forced to leave their homes. When they have to flee their countries, LGBTI people often find that there are few services available for refugees and asylum seekers, and those that exist may fail to serve LGBTI clients with respect and care.

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights Watch

For over a decade, the Human Rights Watch lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program has fought to end horrific human rights abuses—including killings, torture, wrongful arrests, domestic violence, censorship, and discrimination—and promote the rights of all people regardless of who they love, how they look, and who they are.

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Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth is advancing the sexual health and rights of LGBTI youth in the developing world by strengthening the capacity of sustainable youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations. Often there are limited spaces to organize and elevate issues that make LGBTI youth particularly vulnerable. Advocates has a network of 3,000 youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations and activists from 96 countries and provides support in 40 countries.

ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Indonesian’s LGBT Community Under Threat as Government Sets Sights on Making Gay Sex Illegal

It's shaping as a bleak 2018 for Indonesia's gay and transgender people. In the conservative province of Aceh, police have raided hair salons and publicly shamed a group of transgender hairdressers, while…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2018

Gay Couple Flees Russia After Same-Sex-Marriage Scandal

Rights activists say two Russian men whose marriage in Denmark was indirectly acknowledged by Russian authorities have fled the country, citing a "real threat" to their liberty and security. Pavel Stotsko and…

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ADDED ON: 01/29/2018

‘A different standard’: Disappearances of Men of Colour Not Taken Seriously Enough, LGBTI Leader Says

Years before he disappeared from Toronto's Church and Wellesley neighbourhood, Abdulbasir Faizi brought up the possibility with a childhood friend while living in Iran that he might be gay. It was a…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2018

Tunisia Police Disperse LGBT Protesters

Plain-clothed Tunisian police on Saturday broke up a demonstration by LGBT activists in the centre of the capital after it was banned "for their own security", the interior ministry said. A call had…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

EU Court: Asylum Seekers Must Not Be Forced to Take ‘Gay Tests’

Asylum seekers must not be subjected to psychological tests to determine whether they are homosexual, EU's top court has ruled. Tests to determine sexual orientation are controversial, but are sometimes used when…

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Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied by investigating and exposing abuses, educating and mobilizing the public, and helping transform societies to create a safer, more just world. www.amnestyusa.org

Indonesia’s Waria Heroine

Ibu Shinta, as she is known – Ibu is the Indonesian equivalent of ma'am, or lady – runs Al Fatah, an Islamic boarding school for Indonesian transgender women known as waria. At…

ADDED ON: 01/02/2018

Shunned and Homeless LGBT Ukrainians Find Shelter in Kiev

Staring at the Berlin Wall mural of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker on the mouth, Yevhenii Kalashnyk knew it was time to come out as gay. The…

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The Long Struggle in the Heart of Carnival

The Grupo Gay da Bahia or simply GGB is the oldest association for the defense of the human rights for LGBTI people in Brazil. Founded in 1980 by Luiz Mott, in the city of Salvador, Bahia, the GGB was registered as…